This writeup is a summary of my research on issues in handling copying and pasting in: browsers, popular WYSIWYG editors, and websites. Its main goal

The Curious Case of Copy & Paste – on risks of pasting arbitrary content in browsers

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This writeup is a summary of my research on issues in handling copying and pasting in: browsers, popular WYSIWYG editors, and websites. Its main goal is to raise awareness that the following scenario can make users exposed to attacks:

I am not the first person to cover security risks associated with copying and pasting. In 2015, the great Mario Heiderich had a presentation called Copy & Pest about this very topic. Mario focused on copying data from non-browser applications (like LibreOffice or MS Word) and pasting in browsers and showed that this could lead to XSS.

Finally, I believe that an attack scenario that includes copying and pasting between two browser tabs is more likely to be exploited than copying from an external application and pasting in the browser.

In this paper, I’ll explain 4 security issues in browsers and 5 vulnerabilities in rich editors, for which I got a combined bounty of over $30,000.

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